There are so many fun days out to be had in the UK, it really comes down to what you enjoy the most. Whether you’re looking for classic trips through British culture, intense high-speed rollercoaster rides or activities for the kids, there’s something for everyone.
Great days out in the UK
Harry Potter Studio Tour
The Harry Potter Studio Tour is a magical experience that’ll touch the hearts of even the most cynical of muggles. Journey through the history of the Harry Potter films and marvel at Dumbledore’s office, take a sip of Butterbeer and visit the wondrous sets that framed a cinematic saga. Accio excitement!
After you visit Legoland and see what wonders can be made from the iconic plastic blocks, you’ll never look at the humble Lego brick the same way again. It’s not all blocks and building though, while you’re at Legoland make sure to go gold-panning, ride the Vikings’ River Splash or take a spin on the Dragon rollercoaster.
One of the UK’s best theme parks, Alton Towers is a treat for thrill-seekers everywhere. From the twists and turns of Nemesis to the fiery drops of Wickerman, a trip to Alton Towers is guaranteed to excite and delight. There’s plenty for families too, including CBeebies Land with lots to do for little ones.
See Central London as you’ve never seen it before, over 400ft above the ground in the London Eye. Built to ring in the millennium, the London Eye has become an iconic fixture on London’s ever-popular South Bank. Open throughout the day and often long into the night, the London Eye is perfect for selfies and photographs, and for learning more about London using the information touchscreens in each of its 32 capsules.
Chester Zoo is one of the oldest and biggest zoos in the UK, featuring over 15,000 fascinating animals across the 125 acres that make up its grounds. You may recognise some of its residents from the hit Channel 4 show The Secret Life of the Zoo, filmed at Chester Zoo, which goes behind the scenes and shows the conservation efforts and daily realities of working at one of the most popular zoos in the country.
One of the most well-preserved Roman baths in the world and a landmark of significant historical importance, the Roman Baths are a portal through time that demonstrate how Roman culture shaped Britain. The thermal springs beneath the ancient spa still run as warm and soothing as they did millennia ago, so when in Bath do as the Romans did and enjoy a luxurious soak in the pools.
The Eden Project houses the largest indoor rainforest in the world, set in gorgeous light-filled glass biomes specially designed to cultivate a world away from the hustle and bustle of modern life. The Eden Project began as a disused clay pit, but it has since become a majestic garden of nature that highlights the beauty of natural life and the importance of conservation.
Afternoon tea at Betty's
Enjoy luxurious high tea at Bettys Tea Room, a delightfully glamorous way to spend an afternoon. In addition to Harrogate, this traditional family-run chain has another five tea-rooms across Yorkshire. Have a sumptuous slice of cake, served with a smooth cup of Bettys’ delicious tea and perhaps a cheeky glass of champagne to finish.
Discover the history behind the Titanic, an epic feat of engineering that became one of the most epic disasters in history. Go back to the Victorian era and delve into the real lives of the engineers and sailors who made the fateful voyage. As an iconic part of history, the Titanic in Belfast is a memorable experience that’s sure to stay with you.
More short break ideas
Make the most of the UK and discover other fun days out for the family, brilliant shopping trips, exciting sports matches and plenty more going on across the country. Start planning your next trip today.Short breaks in the UK